I am keenly aware that God left out a few key features when He created me. It’s ok; we all have them. Some days, though, it seems my flaws glow brightly like an iron freshly pulled from an inferno. For years, I spent my time wallowing in self-pity and trying desperately to master all those areas in which I was lacking. Then suddenly one day, I looked around me and saw others in my life that could do the things I couldn’t or who could teach me how to do them myself.
You see, after much prayer, God reminded me that He made each of us unique with our own gifts and talents. In 1 Corinthians 12, the gifts of the Spirit such as teaching, prophesy, etc. are specifically discussed. In this section of the Bible, we learn how God gives to everyone differently and how not all of us receive the same gifts. This chapter then references our physical body and how each part cannot function on its own without some help from the rest of the body. Our eyes would prove useless without a head to contain them and a brain to process what is being observed. Our feet, likewise, would not be able to walk about without the nervous system, muscles, etc. that work together to make them function. I believe this is a great analogy of us in the body of Christ. We are not meant to be an island unto ourselves. God desires for us to utilize the special talents He gave us and to benefit from the unique talents and gifts He gave to our fellow men and women. Look around you. You are sure to find someone in your circle of friends and acquaintances that can do those things you cannot seem to master. We all complement one another; And when you ask another to help you in the areas you find yourself lacking, but where the other is gifted, you find both parties are mutually blessed. It doesn’t get better than that!
Ecclesiates 4:9-12 reminds us, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (NIV)
And, if you struggle with asking for help or acknowledging your weaknesses, please realize you are not alone. It has been a long, slow process for me to accept that I need others to help me along life’s journey. Not one of us is perfect in and of ourselves. “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 NIV